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    Springs Preserve is a historic nature preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada. Owned and operated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the 180-acre area offers an in-depth look at its natural beauty through observation, direct interaction, travelling exhibits, and more.

    The preserve is dedicated to educating visitors on how to live within a desert environment. It does so through parts of the preserve itself. For instance, the parking lot is a dual-use area, providing parking and serving as the roof of the reservoir. Solar panels have been built into shade structures throughout the preserve, as well, offering further insight into using natural resources.

    What are the highlights of Springs Preserve?

    Visitors to Springs Preserve get an up-close look at the area's natural and human history, going back thousands of years. The preserve offers itinerary options that will fit well with virtually any schedule. There are many interesting attractions that set this preserve apart from others in Las Vegas.

    DesertSol is a 754-sq-ft home powered entirely by solar energy, showcasing sustainable design and technology. The Botanical Gardens house thousands of Mojave Desert cacti and succulents, as well as desert-adapted plants from 5 of the world's major deserts. The Butterfly Habitat, which is open seasonally, highlights the relationship between free-flying butterflies and desert plants.

    A brief history of Springs Preserve

    While Springs Preserve officially opened in the summer of 2007, it was actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places back in 1978. Before that, it was home to the Puebloans, as well as the Patayan and Nuwuvi tribes. The Spanish arrived in the late 1700s, followed by American settlers in the mid-1800s. Throughout those years, in the area that would become the preserve, the natural springs played a crucial role in survival.

    Today, Springs Preserve is home to museums, art galleries, travelling exhibits, botanical gardens, and a well-developed interpretive trail system. You get to learn about the area's rich history, which started at the end of the last Ice Age (roughly 12,000 years ago). The preserve is also home to the Nevada State Museum, which opens from Tuesdays to Sundays, between 9 am to 5 pm.

    During your visit, make sure to stop by the preserve’s onsite gift shop to pick up souvenirs. There’s also a café offering snacks and light meals, as well as a spacious balcony overlooking the Strip.

    Good to know about Springs Preserve

    Springs Preserve is about 4 miles west of Downtown Las Vegas, so you can easily get there by car. Bike rentals are available if you want to get a bit closer to nature and are willing to brave the desert sun. It's also possible to board a train for a 3-mile exploration of the early explorers' trek through the area.

    For kids (and the kids at heart), weekends bring animal shows within the preserve's amphitheatre. The Nature Exchange lets children learn about archaeology and sustainability.

    Because the area can get very warm during the late spring and summer, canopies are provided throughout the preserve. You can also find several water fountains, but you may want to bring your own water (or purchase it at the café or gift shop). All buildings within the preserve are air-conditioned.

    Springs Preserve in Las Vegas

    Asukoht: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107, USA

    Telefon: +1 702-822-7700

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